In addition to the United States, Europe, South Korea, and China, one country which is quickly jumping on the 3D printing bandwagon is Russia. Despite an economy which has been sickened by worldwide sanctions and less than optimal oil prices, Russia continues to be an innovative nation. As we have seen so many times before, where there is a breeding ground for innovation, there is usually 3D printing to be found.
This is certainly the case with one St. Petersburg, Russia-based company, 3DQuality. 3DQuality has been offering Russia some of the more affordable, quality desktop 3D printers on the market. Whether it’s the Russian DLP Stereolithography 3D printer, their PRISM Pro Delta-style machine, or their extremely affordable PRISM UNI FFF 3D printer, they have been able to cater to all sorts of businesses and hobbyists alike.
This week the company has announced yet another delta-style 3D printer, built using the same general framework of their popular PRISM Pro, yet offered at a fraction of the price. The PRISM Mini, priced at just 44,000 rubles (approximately $865), is feature rich, has a large build envelope, and is incredibly precise.
Delta-style 3D printers like the Mini usually are a bit more complicated than the traditional Cartesian-based machines that many of us are used to using like the MakerBot Replicator line of printers. With that said, the shape of most delta machines enables a much higher build area, equating to larger overall prints, and the ability to print large objects in a single go, which may not be possible with other machines.
- Print Technology: FFF
- Printer Size: 310mm (width) x 273mm (depth) x 600mm (height)
- Printer Weight: 12kg
- Print Speed: 150mm/s
- Build Area: 150mm diameter x 240mm height
- Layer Thickness: 0.2 – 0.05mm
- Filament Size and Compatibility: PLA, ABS, HIPS, FLEX at 1.75mm
- Nozzle Diameter: 0.4mm
The Mini operates with open source software and is marketed towards small businesses, at-home users, and educators. Constructed with a 2mm thick powder-coated steel frame, this machine is as robust as they come. The sturdiness inherent in the main chassis of the Mini, along with a two-way airflow nozzle on the extruder, ensures less vibration, and a more accurate overall print. With magnetic holders securing the extruder in place, the ease of removing and replacing the extruder is incredibly simple, allowing anyone to quickly learn to use this machine.
The PRISM Mini is available for order immediately at the 3DQuality website. Let us know if you have used or ordered this new 3D printer. Discuss in the PRISM Mini Delta-style 3D Printer forum thread on 3DPB.com.